Sunday, January 20, 2019
Authors Posts by Anka Radakovich

Anka Radakovich

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Anka Radakovich is a legendary Sex Columnist, Sex Educator, Sexologist, Screenwriter, and Author of the new book THE WILD GIRLS CLUB, PART 2, Tales from New York to Hollywood. http://www.amazon.com/The-Wild-Girls-Club-Part/dp/0990462129 THE WILD GIRLS CLUB, Part 2 is her third book. Her first two books The Wild Girls Club; Tales from below the Belt, and Sexplorations; Journeys to the Erogenous Frontier were both published by Crown/Random House. She was the Sex Columnist for DETAILS Magazine for 9 years and is currently a Sex Columnist for BRITISH GQ and a writer for COSMOPOLITAN Magazine. Her writing has appeared in dozens of magazines including Marie Claire, Women’s Health, Men’s Health, Harper’s Bazaar, Redbook, Men's Journal, Seventeen, Glamour, and Maxim. She has appeared on numerous television shows including 8 appearances with Conan O’Brien. She was a Jeopardy question under the category “Men’s Mags.” As a Sex Educator and Sexologist, she is a college lecturer at Universities throughout the country who offers her unique brand of sex education. She lives in New York City. Follow her on Twitter @ankarad. @ankarad www.ankagirl.com

What Women Want (And Don’t Want) For Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is the one holiday of the year that most women love and most men hate. Men hate it because they aren’t sure what is expected, they have no idea what to give, and they feel pressured to perform on this “manufactured” holiday. Of course I am generalizing, as I had an ex-boyfriend who loved it, but generally it is considered somewhat of a stressful holiday. But it doesn’t have to be. Its supposed to be romantic, and fun!

First, lets talk about what women don’t want. If you are a woman, please tell any men you know about this.

1.) One rose. Omg, whatever you do, don’t give us one freakin’ rose. We hate that. I know, if you are a teenage boy and that’s all you can afford, at least you are trying to be romantic, but if you are older than 17, one rose makes you look like a total cheapskate. At least throw another one or two roses in there. On previous Valentine’s Days, I have seen more than one guy walking down the street in NYC, happily carrying the “one rose”, and have always wanted to stop and tell them to buy a couple more. And when I see couples walking down the street with one, I always think “She got the one rose.”

2.) Lingerie. I know, lingerie is the sexiest thing ever. We like to wear it and it makes up feel super sexy, but every time a guy buys me lingerie it’s too small and my C-cup bazoombas are spilling over the B-cup bra like a cheap hooker, and the thong is so tight that it cuts off the circulation in my lady business. A better alternative is a gift card to Victoria’s Secret, Frederick’s of Hollywood, or any other store that sells sexy lingerie. That way we can buy our own and surprise you. Or better yet, you can come with to the store, and you get to pick out the sexy stuff you dream of seeing us wearing.

3.) Another great alternative is a soft, silky, sexy robe, (as opposed to the frumpy “ugly” robe I own that I would be mortified if any man saw me wearing it). Any woman would love a beautiful lace or satin robe. They are great for keeping warm and snuggling post-doing it, and good for that walk to the bathroom after all that amazing sex.

4.) More things not to give us include chocolate or candy, as we are either on the Keto diet or doing CrossFit and we’re trying to starve ourselves so we look hot so someone will sleep with us.

5.) And what gifts do we want? One word: jewelry. Ask any woman and she’ll say jewelry. It doesn’t have to be expensive, just something that reminds us of you. Okay, we will like it better if it is expensive.

6.) And finally, if you have no idea what to get her, give her the gift of pleasure. There are new vibrators on the market that suck her “little lady in the boat” (in a good way) as well as work her up to an orgasm. Zalo has some of the most beautiful vibrators on the market, some in exquisite gift boxes inspired by Queen Marie Antoinette, Satisfyer has a groovy 70’s inspired “flower power” vibe with sucking action, and Lelo has some of the most well designed sex toys in the world. She’ll love you for it, and thank you for not giving her “the one rose.”

Photo of Valentine’s Tree by John Tex, Wikimedia Commons

The Most Pulsating Porn Trends For 2019

Porn site xHamster just released their “official xHamster 2019 trend report”, to see what porn people around the world are secretly watching. Although the identities of porn watchers are kept a secret, what they are watching is not. So don’t worry, nobody will know you are love watching orgy or clown porn. 

xHamster asked “What’s coming in for for 2019? We looked at several years worth of data, from traffic to searches, to identity, what’s growing (and what’s shrinking) for porn users in the year ahead.”

And what are the top  trends? Women are watching porn more than ever, censorship in countries like China are driving porn use down, and millennials are willing to pay for more professionally made porn. Oh, and women want more cunnilingus. Duh. 

In the category of “trends that are growing”, the data revealed that a 41.9% increase in visits by women, an 8.1% increase in visits by gay folks, a 4.6% increase from bi-sexuals, a 5% increase by trans people, and a 3.53% increase for people over 65, which explains the increased interest in “granny porn.” #dirtygrampa. 

In “trends that are growing” there was a 14.1% decrease in search for redheads, (which wouldn’t include me personally, because I like gingers, but that’s just me.) There was also a 14.81% decrease in visits from people 18-24, which might be explained by the fact this this age group has watched porn since they were 12. There was also a 43.8% decrease in searches for sex dolls, well, because they are just plain creepy. 

The question “What do women want?” was answered by the #1 top search by women, which was “cunnilingus.” # 2 was “vibrators”, and #3 was “eating pussy.” (sex tips for guys: #4 was “fingering”.)

I asked xHamster Vice-President Alex Hawkins what the difference was between “cunnilingus” and “eating pussy”, and he said “In reality there is no difference, but both are separate categories/tags on xHamster because not everyone uses the same terminology. But cunnilingus, in addition to skewing more female, also skews slightly older, and to those for whom English is a first language.” So there you have it, data proves that the most popular sexual activity in the world, no matter what you call it, is “lickin’ the lady business.”

Illustrations courtesy of xhamster.com. Check out the trend report results on their blog here. 

The Biggest Trends for 2019: 
● Women expected to reach 30% of users worldwide
● Censorship already causing major declines
● Millennials driving pay-for-porn revival
● Barcelona becoming porn industry’s newest HQ
● Studios, brands fall as diversity rises

 

January Is The Year’s Most Throbbing Month For Online Dating

Its that time again; the first of the year when people realize they aren’t getting laid nearly enough. For single people, January is going to be the biggest day in dating according to industry experts, with many predicting a 70% increase in users.

Melissa Hobley, CMO/Chief Marketing Officer/Sexy Boss Lady of OKcupid told us that the dating site now has over 60 million users, so out of all those people there has to be one person you can stand.

So what make OKcupid different from the other dating sites? Having things in common, she says. “We believe in matching on what matters, whether its politics, or Game of Thrones.” The questions on the site “help determine deal breakers and deal makers,” allowing you to find better dates,” she says. “January is truly the best time. We see a huge surge in great people looking for love this time of year–people who care about what you care about.” And its true, the more stuff you have in common with someone, the more time you spend getting along with them, then getting it on with them.

Here are some dating tips from OKCupid, based on their user’s statistics and feedback:

  • Saying “hey” in a first message is almost equivalent to saying nothing — this greeting has an 84% chance of being completely ignored.

  • Photos that include animals are 3x more likely to get attention.

  • Women are 2.5x more likely to get a response than men if they initiate the conversation.

  • 5pm is the the time of day most users are on.

  • Increase your likes by up to 3x when you log in everyday.

  • Sunday is the most successful day to plan dates for the week.

  • Many apps make your profile dormant if you don’t go on for more than two weeks, meaning they stop showing you people.

Dating Profile Tips:

  • Update, Update, Update!

    • An estimated 1 in 3 dating app users don’t update their dating app profile once they put it up — but if you add a new photo or a new story, most dating apps treat you like a new person and the algorithm kicks into gear, showing you to MORE people.

  • Upload a variety of photos (more than just selfies.)

    • Share photos that show what makes you, you- whether that’s volunteering, running marathons or hanging out with friends.

    • Here’s the secret — you want to make it easy for that other person out there to reach out about the photo and say “I went to New Zealand last month too and loved it! Did you go to Wellington?”

  • Show don’t tell.

    • Instead of describing yourself with a long list of adjectives, talk about the things you love and enjoy doing. If you love dogs; show a picture with you and Fido in the park; if you’re an adrenaline junkie, mention the time you went skydiving; if you’re funny describe the time you made everyone laugh with your maid of honor toast.

    • OkCupid’s essays are a perfect place to show potential matches these aspects of yourself.

  • Answer questions.

    • The more OkCupid questions you answer, the more accurate your matches will be.

    • Plus, you’ll learn a lot more about yourself and what you’re looking for in the process.

  • Put time and energy into it.

    • We hear from thousands of people — “oh it’s so hard, I never find anyone!” And then when asked how much time and effort they put into it their profiles, it’s 5 minutes a week! Dating is FUN! But don’t forget you get out of it what you put into it, so put some love into finding love.

Sheri’s Ranch Announces New “Sex Menu”

Ever wonder what goes on at a brothel? (Apparently, lots of going down.) Sheri’s Ranch, a legal brothel 63 miles outside Las Vegas in Parhump, Nevada, just launched a new “sex menu” of appetizing activities. The brothel, which calls itself a “sex resort and spa”, notes that the latest trend is that more women and couples are coming to Sheri’s for weekend “sex vacays.”

“Why go to an illegal escort while you’re in the Las Vegas area?” they ask, when the threesomes, foursomes, and “moresomes” at this place are totally legal. Here’s what on the menu:

THE “NUNU MASSAGE”

A great way to “relax.” Popular in Japanese bathhouses, “Nunu is a wet massage where you and your courtesan are fully nude in the bathtub. A slippery gel is heated and generously applied. Your masseuse then glides her glistening naked body over yours, creating a unique tactile sensation that is startlingly arousing”, and ends with a happy ending.

THE PSE (THE PORN STAR EXPERIENCE)

“Incredible perverse positions” are included in this option, as well as “outrageous antics” that will have you having sex like a porn star. Or with a porn star, as the Ranch hosts visiting ex porn-stars for people who get to have porn star sex with the porn stars they used to only get to watch.

THE “A LA CARTE MENU

Choose from “Classic Cunnilingus” for bi-sexual or gay ladies, or “Couple’s Cunnilingus” where a “Courtesan” goes down on your girlfriend or wife while you get to watch. If you want to jump in there’s a Threesome option, “Classic Fellatio”, “Half & Half” (B.J. and intercourse), BDSM including spanking, bondage, foot fetish, or whatever other freak flag stuff you want to fly. There’s even a “cross dressing” option for dudes who want to dress up. (They’ll even do you hair.)

And since there’s always a revolving door of dozens of girls there, you can order up group sex with as many people as you want, or have them stage a “Roman Orgy.” A “vacation” you’ll never forget.

THE GFE (GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE)

This one is for lonely, bored, (or married) guys who want to pretend they have a new girlfriend for the night. “Are you looking for a girlfriend for the evening?” asks Sheri. “Sheri’s stunning courtesans provide the most sensuous and intimate GFE in the Las Vegas area. Our ladies provide empathy, tenderness, conversation, and intimate lovemaking in a discreet, lush setting.” No “Sorry, I have a headache” at this place. Guys can even go back and ask for the same girl to be his “steady girlfriend.”

“For the most immersive GFE offered,” they suggest “Ask your courtesan about our VIP bungalows.” Check out the “Hippie 60’s bungalow”, the ‘Arabian Nights” bungalow, and the “King Arthur” bungalow with a real suit of armour here.

And in the time honored tradition of brothels of the Wild West, Sheri’s begins with the “line-up” where you can pick your (gorgeous) new “girlfriend.”

Photos from Sheri’s Ranch.

 

New Year’s Sex And Relationship Resolutions: Just Do It

It’s almost 2019 and time to set some love & sexy resolutions. Whether you’re single or in a relationship, the new year is always a good time to re-set your sex life, whether you currently have one or not.

1.) Get in shape.

This #1 one New Year’s resolution is important for your sex life. It’s a fact; more athletic, in-shape people have better sex. That’s because they have more endurance, are more confident, and are not embarrassed by their hanging fat deposits. You don’t have to have a perfect body to have great sex, as nobody has one, but exercising will make you feel better in general. If you’ve acquired a holiday “food baby,” start with a walk everyday. Build up to a “run walk” and finally, you will be running your fat off.

2.) Break off any relationships that are emotionally draining you.

If you are single: If you are in any relationship that emotionally drains you, it might be time to break it off. If you are single, the new year is a good time to assess whether you want to be in this relationship in five years. You should be with someone who adds to your life and builds you up.

3.) Get out more.

Meet new people in real life instead of getting ghosted, bread crumbed, and benched by the 50% of people on Tinder and other dating sites who are pretending they aren’t already in relationships or married. Meet people in “target rich” environments. If you are a foodie, go to food & wine events, if you love movies, go to film festivals, books, go to book festivals. Meet someone you have something in common with. You never know where you might find love.

4.) Talk to each other about what’s bothering you.

If you are married and your relationship is having problems, talk to a couple’s therapist before your communication problems get any worse. Therapists often say that by the time couples come to them, the relationships is a disaster. Talk to someone and make it better before that happens.

For fun, take a look at real therapists who work with couples trying to have better relationships. On Vh1’s  Couples Therapy, the awesome Dr. Jenn Mann works with couples of all sorts, including couples who shouldn’t even be having relationships with each other in the first place. Its interesting to watch what issues other couples are having, so you can help figure out yours.

For more couple’s therapy watching, check out the trainwreck couples on We T.V.’s Marriage Boot Camp Reality Starswith the brilliant Dr. Venus Nicolino, “Dr. V”, a clinical psychologist, and Dr. Ish Major,”Dr. Ish” an experienced psychiatrist. The two of them dig deep into each couple’s childhood issues to reveal how they bring childhood trauma into their adult relationships, and how to reverse the pattern and make relationships better.

5.) Go out of your comfort zone.

Like trying a new exercise program, use the same thinking in your sex life. If you’re in a relationship, make a list of 5 sexual fantasies you want to try. Have your partner (or partners!) do the same. Out of the five, see which fantasies match, discuss first, mentally prepare beforehand, then just do it. Just remember that like BDSMr’s who do the most extreme things establish a comfort zone by using the words “green light”, “yellow light”, and “red light”, to stop at any time and to keep things from getting weird.

6.) If you are married or in a relationship, stop being mad at each other and talk about what’s bugging you, rather than shutting down. Make 2019 about hope, love, and fun.

 

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2019 Sex Trends: What Real Couples Really Want To Do When They’re Doing It

A new service for couples,  simpatic.us has revealed the results of 6,400 “Intimate Interest” questionnaires sent to 3,200 couples, asking them what they really want to do sexually with their real partners.

The website “helps couples connect on their desires and fetishes without having to endure the risk of asking their partner something like “Hey, would you like to have a threesome”, says founder Derek Newton.

“Often, just asking is a challenge and a minefield for both people. We avoid that by having each person respond, then we compare the responses and send the couple (both of them), the things they both said they wanted to do, only the things they share. That way, if he wants to be spanked, and she’s not into that, the interest stays with him. No fear of rejection, no fear of judgement, no embarrassment. It’s a unique, relationship-positive, fun way to connect with your partner on shared interests.” In other words, if you’re too mortified to ask your partner for a threesome without them getting all mad at you, try this place. You might get lucky.

“As I always expected, we’ve seen growing use among couple’s counselors and therapists referring their clients, says Newton “Because of the way we’re set up, it’s a safe, judgement-free place to see what a couple can do together. And we were popular in the kink community from the very start.” This is because the kinkier you want to be, the more you have to discuss it with the person you want to be kinky with. The people who do the most extreme, BDSM stuff will tell you they always negotiate the most extreme activity before they even do it.

Here’s What’s Likely to Be Trending in Sex in 2019, according to the questionnaire:

Public attention – “Dressing or behaving in public so as to attract sexual attention, especially from an attracted gender. Being the object of or provoking attention from others – up 28%, mostly among women.” Let’s blame Instagram and Facebook for this one, as everyone now wants to advertise their merchandise for “likes”.

Eye Glasses

“Watching my partner wear – up 26% in six months, all genders.” Interesting. I’m now going to wear my reading glasses in bed. Better yet, if you really want to drive someone crazy, put on some glasses and masturbate in front them.

Corsets or tight clothing

“Having others see me wear – up 22% in six months, all among women.” Corsets are so damn sexy because they suck in your waist, hike up your boobs, and looks instantly kinky. Check out The Stockroom for great corsets and fun, skin tight latex fetishwear.

Exhibitionism

“Being watched with my partner in private, at a party for example – up 16% in six months, most of the increase is among women. It’s always been fairly popular among men.” Everyone likes to watch. Nothing sexier than getting dressed up, going to a party, and shooting “I would love to blow you/eat you” looks to your partner.

Remote Control Devices

“General – up 11% in six months, all genders probably due to the increased quality and availability of these devices.” Some of these high tech toys make you feel like someone is finger banging you across the room.

Photo: courtesy of The Stockroom.com

How To Have Sex When You’re Home For The Holidays

Now that you’ve decided to go to your parent’s, relative’s, or friend’s house for Christmas, how is the loud, wild vacay sex you hope for going to happen?

Well, there are some options here. Some people get turned off knowing that they are banging their partner while their parents are in the next room, while other people find the idea exciting. Whatever one you are, don’t mortified your family with screams of “Now do it up my ass big boy!”

TRY A BALL GAG

Seriously, if you’ve never tried one, this might be the time. Muffle those loud sounds of sex with a bad ass bondage gag for you or your lover. (You have to decide beforehand, of course who who will be the “gagger” and who will be the “gaggie.” Check out these scary but exciting (that’s the idea) gags from Stockroom, some of which are seriously sick. In a good way of course.

DO IT IN THE SHOWER

Here’s the one place in the house that nobody will here you. And even if they do, they won’t be able to figure out what you’re saying. Here’s a chance to try out a new position or two, like the “standing doggy” where you can use your hands to lean against the shower walls. Or try the “wraparound”, where you wrap your leg around his waist and stand face to face for some wet, steamy sexy time.

USE A QUIET VIBRATOR

If you’re having sex with yourself this Christmas, try a “quiet” vibrator that won’t be heard by anyone, including yourself. The cute little $36.00 “Bean” vibrator from Unbound, should do the trick. It’s “splendid” design looks like a pink or teal mod bean, and the toy is “remarkably quiet”, according to Unbound. Plus, it uses batteries and is waterproof, so it can be used in the shower. It’s a clitoral vibrator, so if your boyfriend gets too drunk to find yours, use this.

GET A ROOM. SOMEWHERE ELSE

If you’re in a new relationship or just really want some hot sex–now that you finally have some extra time to do so, you many want to just get your own accommodations. Many cities and towns now legally allow AirBNB, which often costs less than a hotel room, so you can rent someone else’s entire house for a few days while they’re quietly having sex in their parent’s guestroom.

Photo of leather Christmas ornament from Amazon.com

New “Bioscience” Products for The Lady Down There

Its important to take care of your lady business. You want to keep “it” fresh, fierce, and fluffy. A new line of products called Elle by Nelly De  Vuyst Biofemme is “intended for the care of the intimate feminine areas”, also known as your hoo-ha.

Now available online, Nelly De Vuyst products were previously offered only through spas and medical spas. Since the Nelly De Vuyst products are sold in 25+ countries in over 4,000 locations world-wide, you don’t have to worry about their products harming your private parts. Their specialty skin care line is known for using a science-based approach to make your skin down there soft, silky, and sexy.


Their “Ingrown Hair Complex” is perfect for post pube shaving or laser hair removal. Ideal to use after do it yourself or professional hair removal. This serum really does keep ingrown hairs from appearing, and includes several essential oils such as tea tree, tiger, and lavender, as well as Vitamin E.

If you are pre or post menopausal, “Lubielle” will hep with vaginal dryness of the “intimate mucosa.” To reduce the discomfort associated with dryness, it moisturizes and softens vaginal skin with immediate hydration. Ingredients include Irish Moss and Aloe Vera.

If you are prone to yeast infections, “PH Balance Elle Gel” “prevents the effects related to the “imbalance of the intimate flora, such as recurrent infections. Help to re-balance the physiological PH and the ecosystem while protecting from external aggressions.” Although we’re not quite sure what “external aggressions” they are talking about, we’ll go with wet bathing suits and sweaty yoga pants. This stuff is a great idea.

The “Zone Control Elle” is a “3-day cure that targets vaginal yeast infections. Its anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory organic ingredients assist in re-balancing the intimate flora while relieving itching, redness, burning and feelings of discomfort.” Nice. The main ingredient here is Hawthorne extract.

The “Regenerating Serum Elle”  is “super moisturizing and regenerating”, using oils such as evening primose to help relieve dryness. It is both “purifying and moisturizing, and prevents the disequilibrium of the skin flora during menopause.”

“The well-being and balance of intimate feminine areas are important throughout all stages of a woman’s life,” says the company. Elle by Nelly De Vuyst BioFemme offers a complete range of products for the “lady down there.” Check out their entire 10 product line here at Luxuryorganik.com. It also makes a unique (and thoughtful!) gift for your own, or someone else’s lady bits.

Study Says Men Exaggerate Number Of Sex Partners

While most women downplay the number of sexual partners they’ve had, men do the opposite. A recent study from the University of Glasgow found that men totally exaggerated how many people they stuck their manhood into.

From a psychological and sociological standpoint, the massive study reinforces the prevalent fact that men who sleep with lots of women are seen as studs and heroes, while women who do the exact same thing are seen as ho’s.

The survey involved 15,162 men & women aged 16-74 and was called “Why do men report more opposite sex sexual partners than women? Analysis of the gender discrepancy.” Interestingly, oral sex was not counted as “having sex” so b.j.’s don’t add to one’s “number.”

The study found that “In a closed population and defined time period, the mean number of opposite-sex partners reported by men and women should be equal. However, in all surveys, men report more partners.” Data was taken from Britain’s “National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles.” Men reported a mean of 14.14 lifetime partners; women reported 7.12. Why doesn’t the math add up?

The reason why men report more partners, according to the study, is that women can count pretty much the exact number of sex partners they’ve had. (Women never forget.) “A female tendency to enumerate (count instances) leads to lower estimates,” said the study,”while a male tendency to approximate, which leads to overestimates.”

And although participants were asked not to include the oral “polishing of the pole” in the number of people they counted, the study said that “a higher propensity among men was to include non-penetrative sex partners in their total count.” (“Let’s see, that’s 15 girls I did the deed with and another 20 who orally pleasured my big boy.”)

“Participants were included regardless of sexual orientation,” notes the researchers, “because people identifying as gay or lesbian may also report at least one opposite-sex partner. As long as men and women with no opposite-sex partners are included in the count, the total number of partnerships (and therefore the mean number of lifetime partners) should be equal, regardless of how people identify.” In other words, people with penises exaggerate the number of sexy time partners.

Another reason for the exaggeration, suggested the study, had to do with how  participants “perceived gendered norms and expectations.” The study concluded that “fear of social disapproval for transgressing gender norms may lead men to over report and women to under report their lifetime partners.” From now on, don’t even ask.

2019 Pirelli Calendar Celebrates Women’s Dreams And Goals

The 2019 Pirelli Calendar “Dreaming” is a photographic tale of four women and their determination to achieve their goals, pursuing their own dreams in different ways. Legendary fashion photographer Albert Watson, who has shot over 100 Vogue covers, created characters to show that success is no longer defined by societal standards. The photographs are in the cinematic 16:9 format, and look like film stills.

The Pirelli Calendar debuted in 1964 as a pin-up calendar to promote the Italian tire company. The calendar was often controversial; included nudity, and prided itself in presenting provocative images. In 2016, comic Amy Schumer posed unapologetically naked with a coffee cup. This year the theme is female empowerment, in the form of women’s aspirations and dreams.

“To make a dream come true, you have to work hard,” says Watson. “I’ve always taken it step by step, reaching one goal at a time, without wanting to get immediately to the top of the ladder. Even though I sometimes think this ladder could go on up forever, with the top rung ever-further away, I think it’s always worth giving yourself increasingly ambitious goals and dreams.”

Each of the four women focuses on the future and “has her own individuality, her own particular purpose in life, and her own way of doing things. So the underlying theme is that of ‘dreams’, but the basic idea behind the whole project is that of telling a story in four ‘little movies’. What I wanted to convey were the protagonists’ hopes and their way of thinking about the future, in a way that would bring with it the aspect of dreaming”, says Watson.

“An example of this is the character played by Gigi Hadid”, he explains. “She has recently separated from her partner, lives alone in a glass tower and has Alexander Wang as her only friend and confidant: “I think there’s a degree of angst in these images. With Hadid’s character, I wanted to convey the sense of a woman thinking about her future, but also showing her in a situation of loneliness. We see her thinking about where she is going to go in life, what she will be doing tomorrow. I wanted it to be much more minimalistic than the other women and settings I photographed.”

Misty Copeland, whose partner in the Calendar is Calvin Royal III, also looks to the future, fantasising about making a name for herself in the world of dance. “Trying to be successful is her driving force,” says Watson. “Copeland’s character earns her living by dancing in a club, but at the same time she has also put up a little stage in her garden, where she practices dancing in order to become a star, sometimes with her boyfriend, played by Calvin Royal III.” In real life, Copeland was the first African American woman to be promoted to principal dancer in the 75 year-old history The American Ballet Theater. And speaking of goals: her muscular legs are dreamy!

Lastly, Laetitia Casta is a painter who lives in a studio apartment with her partner, played by Sergei Polunin. They both dream of success: she as an artist, he as a dancer. “What’s interesting”, says Watson, “is that, in real life, Laetitia really does sculpt and create artwork in her spare time. This worked out very well and helped her get into character.”

“I wanted people looking at the Calendar to see that my aim was photography in its purest form,”said Watson, “exploring the women I was photographing and creating a situation that would convey a positive vision of women today.”

All Albert Watson photos published with permission from Pirelli.